Sunday, August 31, 2008

Live from Hurricane Gustav: update #6

Finally there is rain. No wind. Nothing like a storm. But rain.

Sirens continue all over town. The radio announcers say not *if* the power goes out but *when.*

It begins.


What with all the hurricane stuff, I've been remiss in mentioning that excellent author Tom Piccirilli has posted THIS INTERVIEW with yours truly. Check it out.

Thanks, Tom. You da man.

Live from Hurricane Gustav: update #5

I've been hearing sirens all day up and down Government Street. Seems strange to me since there's still no sign of wind or rain. Maybe car wrecks from people running around for last minute supplies. I don't know. I refuse to leave my house.

I'm hearing Cat 3 ... better than Cat 4 or 5.

Ribs on the grill almost done. Beer supply is adequate.

Live Frome Hurricane Gustav: update #4

In accordance with state and local officials and F.E.M.A I will later be grilling spare ribs.


Live from Hurricane Gustav: update #3

Contra-flow began at 4:00 a.m. this morning, all the traffic moving away from the storm. The sky still does not look hurricane-ish. Radio announcers sound more and more serious by the hour.

Later this morning I will go outside and secure loose items around the yard and house to cut down on the flying debris factor.

In the middle of all this, I'm still hammering on final edits for the next novel.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Live from Hurricane Gustav: update #2

A sort of orderly craziness at the Albertson's as people stock up.

I have water, food, batteries and shotgun shells.

Stay tuned.


Attention, Baton Rouge

I will be signing books at the brand new Borders near the Mall of Louisiana at 4:00 this afternoon. Show up for a signed book or just to visit or to bring me a meatball sub.

Friday, August 29, 2008


If you loves ya some hardboiled short fiction, then check out the new issue of PLOTS WITH GUNS.

Gustav update #1

The storm is still a long way off. But Baton Rouge big-wigs will meet today to discuss if Saturday's LSU football game will be postponed or not since the game traffic might complicate the evacuation traffic.

Okay NOW the storm is really getting inconvenient.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Reporting live from Hurricane Gustav

Well .... not yet. But it's coming this way. Baton Rouge is right in the path, so most likely it will turn one way or another and hit 50 miles away. But I'll be right here to report all the pulse-pounding action. (Provided I have electricity.) If I lived in New Orleans, I'd be packing the car, but since I'm in a non-flood part of Baton Rouge I'll stick around mind the homestead.

More as developments ... uh ... develop.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Robert Heinlein? Chime in.

In the previous post a brief (but nice) discussion about which of Heinlein's books were better than others got me wondering. I've read most of his novels, but never got around to Friday. Anyone want to convince me to read (or not read) this one? Opinions please. I appreciate that the girl on the cover looks like she's about to fall out of her clothing, but I'm not sure that's enough to get me to pick up a copy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Essential Science Fiction Reading List

Purely subjective and in no particular order:

1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
2. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
3. Santiago by Mike Resnick
4. Beggars in Spain (and sequels) by Nancy Kress
5. Lucifer's Hammer by Niven & Pournelle
6. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
7. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
8. City of Truth by James Morrow
9. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and sequels) by Douglas Adams
10. Worlds (and sequels) by Joe Haldeman


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Chicago Sun Times

Thanks to David Montgomery for this great mention in the Chicago Sun Times. He says some generous things about me and Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse. I now fully expect all Sun-Times subscribers to rush to their favorite book stores to order several copies.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Chime in with a suggestion please.

Guys, help me out. I'm looking for odd little independent comedy films. No Hollywood formula stuff. Quirky small pictures but still a good laugh. Suggestions?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Busy busy busy ... in a good way.

Summer has been the best kind of hectic. Buzzing around Texas and playing golf with fellow wordsmith Anthony Neil Smith while hitting various signing events has only been part of it. I've also written an arc of Punisher Max, finished a short story for an anthology, and I've just over the last couple of days put together a synopsis or three which I'm hoping will eventually become novels. Time will tell.

I've also just completed a feature-length screenplay. It's an adaptation of my short story "Silent Harvest" which appeared in the anthology North Florida Noir. I wrote the screenplay specifically to be shot with a small budget in mind. Deciding right now the best way to show it around.

I hope everyone else had a fruitful summer as well.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's PODCAST time!

Check me out at In For Questioning.

Thanks, Angie!


You say you want a revolution?

Then click over to Revolution Science Fiction for this great Go-Go review!

Thanks, Jay!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Friday, August 8, 2008


I want to thank the cool folks at BOOKGASM for THIS.

Yeah, baby.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008